Essay on Tough: the Road and Life

Submitted By iford001
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The Tough Decisions
You know they say it’s not how hard you fall in life, its how you get back up is all that matters. This is why I have these two poems. The two poems I have chosen is “The Road not Taken” by Robert Frost and also “Mother to Son” by Langston Hughes. Both these poems are about life and your choices in them. I will show how inspirational these poems are by showing you the choices they chose. The poems prove that no matter how hard life is you can keep pushing.
First I liked to start by saying “Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair” (Hughes 559). This means that for the most part in life you have to earn your keep. It would be even harder for some people even in today’s society, especially if you are a certain race, religion, or class. Going through life is kind of like going up stairs. “It had tacks in it, and splinters, and all boards torn up” (Hughes 559). The tacks and splinters is just like roadblocks in our lives and the all torn up boards are representing the damage that we do to ourselves throughout life. “But all the time I’se been a-climbin’ on” (Hughes 559). Meaning that though all you have to keep going. Even if it’s the road less traveled by.
This second poem that inspires is “The Road not Taken” by Robert Frost. “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood” (Frost 536). Life is often filled with two or more options which will decided your life in the future. The problem is we can only choose one, we can never have it both ways. “Sorry I could not travel both” (Frost 536). Robert said, “Long I stood and looked down one as far as I could, to where it bent in the undergrowth” (Frost536). The path people usually chose in life is the easy way. Most people try to not work hard, but just get by. Rarely you see people make the hard decision to work, sweat, and bleed for it. “Then took the other, as just as fair, and having perhaps the better claim” (Frost 536). It’s so much easier to just buy your way to a position, or cheat your way to a promotion than to work for it. There are times when you make decisions and it gets tough, but you have to keep on going. “And turning corners, and sometimes going in the dark, where there aint been no light” (Hughes 559). In Robert Frost “The Road not Traveled”, he says, “Because it was grassy and wanted wear” (Frost 536).With me that means that it was harder to get though and was rarely traveled. The same can be said about the life of the mother. “Oh, I kept the first for another day” (Frost 536). Sometimes we procrastinate or put off the things we need to do. You must not give up. That is where I see the two poems differ. In